Police Mentoring Program kicking goals


The Victoria Police Leaders Mentoring Program is now in its eighth year, during which over 140 police ranking from Deputy Commissioner down to Senior Sergeant have participated. The program was originated by the Rotary Club of Central Melbourne-Sunrise and several D9800 clubs have participated along with clubs from four other Victorian districts. Mentees have been partnered with senior business mentors and Rotary mentors.

Feedback on the program from police participants, mentors and Victoria Police Command is that the program is continuing to achieve its goals and makes a significant difference to those who have taken part.  Places on the program continue to be keenly sought.

This year for the first time police members were partnered with a single mentor.  For the senior police ranks the mentors were senior business executives who provided guidance around strategic issues, whilst Rotary provided mentors for Senior Sergeants with the primary focus around community engagement, a high priority for VicPol.

Rotarians are ideally suited for our part of the Victoria Police Leaders Mentoring Program;

  • Senior Sergeants typically run a suburban police station or lead other operational teams. Some have been Acting Inspectors or have been promoted to Inspector during the year. They value Rotary’s input as community policing and engagement is one of their biggest challenges and Rotary brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise.  
  • They run the equivalent of a small-medium service and business unit, involving complex challenges. Many Rotary mentors also have strong backgrounds in business and can bring this perspective to mentoring discussions.
  • From a Rotary perspective there is also an opportunity to raise our profile in community service and to deepen our understanding of the work of Victoria Police.

Again for the coming 2015/16 program, the steering committee is seeking expressions of interest to be mentors from D9800 Rotarians and nomination forms will soon be forwarded to all D9800 Clubs.  Nominations will be matched against selection criteria based on Rotary and business experience; community involvement by the applicant and their club and the location and development needs of the mentee.

This is a great opportunity for anyone interested to apply to become a Rotary mentor – a great professional and personal experience.

If you are interested, chase up the form from your President, President Elect or Vocational Service Director.  It provides more information about the program. 

Contact: Justine Murphy, Rotary D9800 Vocational Service Chair, on vocational@rotarydistrict9800.org.au or Alan Seale, Rotary Co-ordinator VPLMP, aseale@bigpond.net.au

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